Community CVS is working in partnership with volunteers, groups and organisations to support the Covid-19 Community Response in the Borough.

Find out what we’re doing to help and how you can get involved

From Tuesday 14th July, and for the next month, Dominic Harrison recommends everyone in the borough follows these five measures:

1.     A limit of two people from the same household allowed to visit another household

At the moment national guidance allows two families to meet indoors as long as they keep to social distancing guidance. We are asking residents to limit the numbers of people meeting indoors to people who live in the house plus only two members from a second household at any one time.

2.     Wearing cloth face coverings in all enclosed public spaces

All residents will be strongly recommended to wear a cloth face covering (or non-surgical mask) in all enclosed public spaces. This means in all shops, workplaces, libraries, museums, health centres, hair and beauty salons etc.

3.     Greeting and embracing

Rather than give handshakes or a hug, we’re asking people to only bump elbows with anyone outside of their immediate family. If we all do it, no one will be offended or think we’re being rude!

4.     Support for small shops

We are stepping up our Public Protection advice and support to small shops across the borough to ensure that measures such as wearing face coverings, social distancing, good hygiene practice and increased ventilation are being followed to help reduce the risk of virus spread in these businesses. 

5.     Testing

We are doing more targeted testing this week, with the arrival of a mobile testing unit at Witton Park Academy in addition to the testing facility at Royal Blackburn Hospital. You don’t need to have symptoms to be tested – this will help us with case finding, identifying people who have no symptoms but who carry the virus.


This video has been produced by BRFC Community Trust to thank all volunteers and agencies involved in the COVID-19 response in Blackburn with Darwen.

We would also like to add our thanks to all our partners – and especially to those of you out there in our communities who have tirelessly given your time and energy to help neighbours and other vulnerable members of our community.


Community Volunteer Awards 2020

Celebrating the Borough’s unsung heroes.

Nominations now open!

Do you know a volunteer, have a neighbour or know of any business or organisation making a real positive difference to the lives of residents and communities in Blackburn with Darwen?

Why not nominate them for an award?

Please note: due to the current COVID-19 situation the ceremony will be rescheduled at a suitable future date. Nominations will still be open as many volunteers and groups are doing heroic things to help in the situation. We will keep you posted with any new developments..

You can find the nomination forms here.

Plan for the future

Community CVS can offer business support to third sector organisations.

Identifying organisational need through a full diagnostic report.

Develop and implement a realistic growth and sustainablity plan.

Understand how to address barriers and construct sulutions resulting in a clear strategy.

  • Please call or e-mail Lynn Trickett now to check if you are eligible.